Imbolc Blessings

Looking out my window, it doesn’t much look like the beginning of Spring. Snow continues to fall from the skies, and the ground is blanketed by the icy, white flakes. But, tomorrow does indeed mark the halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox…the beginning of spring…Imbolc.

Imbolc Altar

On February 1, at sundown, I will begin my Imbolc celebrations, and continue throughout the day on Sunday, February 2. I’ve got my Brighid’s Cross made, and am setting up my altar with green and brown candles; amethyst, bloodstone, garnet and onyx stones; incense of basil, bay, Angelica and myrrh; and white and yellow flowers. I’ll be spring cleaning tomorrow morning, and will have my besom by the front door, to sweep out the old and usher in the new. Then, I’ll prepare my offerings of milk (coconut milk will have to do), scones and spiced wine.

Now, many of you, who know a bit about my background, may wonder why a non-Wiccan would go through all the trouble of ritualizing Imbolc. Although I no longer consider myself Wiccan, I do have Celtic blood running through my veins, and the only coven I was traditionally initiated into was a Wiccan coven. For me, there is heritage there…blood, tradition, respect. I would never choose one side of my heritage over another. I choose to celebrate them all.

When I begin working with a new student in witchcraft, I always start them out in the traditional Wiccan practices. In my opinion Wicca is pure…safe. Learning the Wiccan ways tends to keep my new witches out of trouble. I teach them the Wiccan Rede, gods and goddesses, moon phases, and all of the holidays and sabbats.

Brighid’s Cross

So, now that you know why and how I celebrate Imbolc, we can explore what this sabbat represents.

Imbolc means “in the belly of the Mother”. It is also known as Oimelc, Candlemas and St. Brigit’s Day. On Imbolc, we honor the Celtic Fire Goddess, Brigit, patron of healing, midwifery, poetry and smith-craft. We celebrate the Maiden, as it is now her season to prepare for emergence from the darkness of winter. Traditionally, Brighid’s Crosses are made wheat stalks, to represent protection and prosperity in the year ahead. At this time, hearth fires are extinguished and then relit, while candles are lit around the home, honoring the rebirth of the sun. Besoms are placed near the front door of a home to sweep out the darkness of winter and issue in the blessings of spring.

Imbolc symbolizes a time of growth, fertility and renewal. It is a wonderful time for the plans and ideas you’ve created in the winter season, to begin to be birthed. If you haven’t already rid yourself of negative energies, or damaging emotions, thoughts, or people, now is the time to remove them from your life. Focus your magick on healing, recovery and moving forward into the light and promise of spring.

Symbols of Imbolc: White and Yellow flowers, Besoms, Candle Wheels, Acorn-tipped Wands, and Brighid’s Crosses

Herbs: Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Heather, Iris, Myrrh, Violets

Incense: Basil, Bay Laurel, Cinnamon, Violet, Myrrh, Vanilla

Colors: White, pink, red, yellow, green, brown

Stones: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Onyx, Ruby, Turquoise

Foods: Breads, Dairy, Garlic, Seeds, Baked Goods, Herbal Tea, Spiced Wine

Symbols of Imbolc

Imbolc Blessings to you! May you feel re-energized and refreshed as we look ahead to the birth of spring. I wish you fertility in all that you seek to manifest in your life. Wake from your winter slumber and flourish!

The Crystal Witch Book Review

Back in October, I picked up an informative little book, The Good Witch’s Perpetual Planner by Shawn Robbins and Charity Bedell. I enjoyed the book so much, I knew I needed more from this series of books. Immediately, I ordered The Good Witch’s Guide by Shawn Robbins and Charity Bedell, and Wiccapedia, The Witch’s Way and The Crystal Witch by Shawn Robbins and Leanna Greenaway.

I decided to read The Crystal Witch first because I’m kind of having a crystal moment right now. I’ve been pretty much obsessed with building my own crystal palace. So, it was only natural that I gravitated to this book in particular.

Now, if you’ve read my book, or some of my social media posts, you know I really don’t consider myself Wiccan. This is despite the fact that exactly half of my bloodline is from the Welsh/English/Irish Wiccan tradition. And, the coven I was a member of was Wiccan. But lately, I’ve found myself drawn to my Wiccan roots like never before. So, these books have been a wonderful way for me to reconnect my Wiccan ties.

The Crystal Witch is a skillfully written, illuminating tome, it’s pages filled with enlightening information. It’s truly amazing the amount of data contained within this little book.

In Part 1, you’ll learn everything from how to build your crystal toolkit, crystal correspondences, cleansing and charging your stones, to crystal spells for everyday issues.

Part 2 explores utilizing crystals with moon phases, divination, reiki, astrology and the Wiccan Wheel of the Year.

Although I consider myself pretty knowledgeable on the subject of crystals, I was able to learn many new ways to use my stones in all of my works of magick, be it spells or meditation. I thoroughly appreciated the A-Z Crystal Guide. Since I have the tendency to use the same crystals over and over again, it was nice to discover new ones I could introduce into my craft. I’ve often felt overwhelmed after reading a book on crystals. There is so much to learn and remember about each particular stone. I didn’t feel that way after reading The Crystal Witch. All of the information was concise and relevant.

My favorite chapter was Crystals through the Year. Each Sabbat has a beautifully written description with elements and traditions, along with a special spell.

I believe every witch can learn something reading The Crystal Witch. Even if, like me, you don’t consider yourself Wiccan, I think you’ll glean a better understanding of working with crystals in your craft.

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